Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Technical System Manager - NIF Laser Diagnostics

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106222
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: October 09 2019

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We have an opening for a Technical System Manager for National Ignition Facility (NIF) Laser Diagnostics. As the NIF Laser Diagnostics System Manager, you will be responsible for applying advanced technical expertise on over 500 diagnostics distributed throughout the NIF Laser that monitor critical laser performance parameters including power, energy, wave-front and spectrum.  You will be responsible for leading the integration of new capabilities, scheduling work activities, managing schedules, developing cost estimates, creating staffing plans, fulfilling work permit requirements, ensuring all tasked workers have adequate training, troubleshooting off-normal events and ensuring diagnostics readiness for operations. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Responsible for complex maintenance, operations, repairs, and upgrades for the NIF Laser Diagnostic systems, applying advanced technical expertise.
- Participate in the monitoring, direction, and planning of all Laser Diagnostics activities in the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and offline labs.
- Author or contribute to reports, publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and deliver technical presentations to internal and external audiences.
- Lead the Laser Diagnostics Integrated Product Team (IPT) in support of project performance and integration; serve as the primary technical contact for laser diagnostics working with the Beamline Integrated Performance (BLIP) team. 
- Lead the development and design of complex system enhancements to increase reliability and maintainability; generate and maintain system documentation including operations procedures and optical configuration drawings.
- Perform periodic maintenance activities on the systems. Responsibilities include performance evaluation, calibration (offline and online), troubleshooting complex technical problems, data mining & analysis, data archiving, and test report preparation requiring in-depth analysis.
- Develop technical strategy and serve as a primary technical contact for lasers systems working with the Beamline Integrated Performance (BLIP) team.
- Lead multi-disciplinary teams and manage projects from conceptual design through assembly, testing and deployment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Master’s degree in Optics, Opto-Electronics, Physics, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
- Advanced skills and understanding of laser technology and processes with the ability to diagnose complex laser systems.
- Significant experience with the operation of lasers and laser diagnostics such as detectors, calorimeters, and oscilloscopes.
- Significant experience with writing test, commissioning and operations procedures; work control processes; and configuration management.
- Experience providing technical direction and the ability to mentor others with advanced technical skills.
- Experience developing budgets and milestones, creating staffing plans and schedules, and directing work activities.
- Significant experience working effectively in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
- Significant experience with data analysis software such as MATLAB.  
- Advanced verbal, written and presentation communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Desired Qualifications
- Significant experience building and deploying high energy, high power or short pulse laser systems.
- Experience with integrated computer control systems for system operation and alignment.
- Significant experience working in a 24hour, 7 days per week operational facility.


Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.